Marlborough, big on wine
Marlborough has 20% of New Zealand’s coastline, 75% percent of its wine production – including its world-renowned Sauvignon Blanc – excellent bike trails, awesome walking tracks and an abundance of gourmet food. It offers a fantastic blend of outdoor activities, from relaxed to more adventurous, around its labyrinth of bush-lined peninsulas and bays. Before being whisked away by the rest of the South Island, be sure to explore the lovely Marlborough region.
The Mikhail Lermontov, a Russian cruise ship that sank in Port Gore in 1986, is the world’s largest driveable cruise-ship wreck.
The small Hector’s dolphin, one of the rarest dolphins in the world, can often be spotted off the Marlborough region’s shores.
Havelock is crowned the “green-shelled mussel capital of the world” for its colourful (and tasty) mussels.
- Marlborough has more than 40 cellar door.
Bring your own bike or hire one and explore Marlborough wine country. Biking wine tours in the region offer “support vehicles” to pick you up if you get too tipsy or buy more bottles than your pannier can carry.
Cruise or kayak the Marlborough Sounds.
Discover the native bush and pristine bays on The Queen Charlotte Track.
- In Havelock, hope aboard a fishing charter where snapper and greenshell mussels are on the menu.